Breathless

Breathless

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by Sophie Jordan
     
 

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Sophie Jordan's breathtaking digital original novella set in the world of Firelight.

For Az, it's supposed to be a fun summer vacation with her family. Nothing complicated. Just a quick trip to test the waters as she prepares for a year on her own. That all changes when she rescues a drowning girl and meets Tate—the most gorgeous human

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Sophie Jordan's breathtaking digital original novella set in the world of Firelight.

For Az, it's supposed to be a fun summer vacation with her family. Nothing complicated. Just a quick trip to test the waters as she prepares for a year on her own. That all changes when she rescues a drowning girl and meets Tate—the most gorgeous human boy she's ever seen. Tate throws her heart, her plans, and her life into upheaval, but the closer she gets to him, the harder it is to hide the secret of what she is. With no hope for a future together, the last thing that can ever happen . . . is love.

This stand-alone digital original is perfect for those new to the Firelight series as well as veteran fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062254290
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Series:
Firelight Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
114,239
File size:
958 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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Firelight 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 835 reviews.
ReadingTeen More than 1 year ago
Firelight was just what I needed! I flew through this book in one sitting. I feel like any time I mentioned that I was reading a book about dragons, that people gave me a weird look. Like Vampires and Werewolves are ok, but Dragons are just silly. Well, this book would put that view to rest. Honestly, it reminded me a lot of werewolf books, with the shape-shifting and the hierarchy of the pride/pack. But instead of people turning into wolves, they turned into dragons, or draki, which are evolved, smaller version of dragons that seem to have some human characteristics. Except that I said it kind of backwards, because Jacinda isn't a human that can turn into a draki, she is a draki that can turn into a human. Did I confuse you? Firelight swept me away from page one. I was completely immersed in the story and dragons became real to me, if only for a day! The draki's fight for survival in a world of either unbelievers....or savage hunters was a thrilling story. Jacinda was such an entertaining character to read. I really felt her pain in trying to do what was best for everyone else, while still holding on to the thing that made her who she was, being a draki. The forbidden romance between Jacinda and Will, a hunter that mysteriously saved her from death, was perfectly written. I love it when a romance takes time to build....it just makes it that much more exciting when/if they do get together. The mystery of why they are so drawn to each other will keep you turning the pages in anticipation, and the effect that being close to Will has on Jacinda makes you wonder if they'll ever be able to be together. I'm sure there will be many out there that say that this book is just another cookie-cutter paranormal romance that follows the recent trends, and that may be true to a point. But, I think that Sophie Jordan takes that werewolf cookie-cutter and twisted it around until she made her own draki shape, and it is fiery and delicious! Ok, that was really cheesy! I loved this book! I can't wait for the next one, A Hidden Truth, to come out. ~Andye (http://ReadingTeen.net)
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Jacinda is a draki, a dragon-shifter, and that's not even the limit of her specialness. All draki have different powers and she's the first known fire-breather in 400 years. The other draki in her pride consider her to be a sort of golden child because of this ability, and it's an open secret that Jacinda is eventually going to be bonded with the alpha's son so she can raise a family of little fire-breathers. But as stifling as this sounds, Jacinda doesn't specifically rebel against her assigned future--her big rule infraction is flying during the daylight when she's only allowed to fly at night. Flying during the day is a major no-no, and the reasons why are soon evident when Jacinda is sighted by draki hunters in a helicopter, chased through the woods, injured and nearly killed. She crawls into a cave and one of the young hunters, a handsome guy named Will, discovers her but chooses not to betray her location. When she finally crawls back home, it's clear that some sort of unholy punishment is being planned for her, but Jacinda's mom takes Jacinda and her twin sister Tamra and leaves the hidden draki settlement in the middle of the night. Time to start a new life and move on! I thought Jacinda would be thrilled to escape a harsh punishment and leave the stifling rules she's resented for so long, but I was much mistaken. Okay, so we have a delightful mythology, internal and external conflicts for our MC, an epic star-crossed romance in the making, and some lushly descriptive prose. All of this is "A+" material, but Jacinda's behavior lowered the entire book in my estimation. While living with the other draki, it seemed she had three options. A.) Accept the rules, as well as her assigned future, and learn to love them. B.) Stay smart and suspicious and keep chafing at the restrictions, but still follow them. C.) Leave for good and be done with the whole business. Instead, she wants to stay right where she is with the other draki, but wants them to just forget about having her marry the alpha's son Cassian. Jacinda complains fiercely about the rules of her draki society, then protests just as violently that she can't live without them. It's like she wants to have her cake, eat it too, and borrow somebody else's cake to eat. She never really seems to understand that draki life isn't compatible with total freedom. I'm also bothered by Jacinda disrespect for her mom. Jacinda's mother is an absolute pillar of strength. Her husband was killed by hunters and she's raised the girls on her own for several years; Jacinda, who the other draki treat like a prize egg, and Tamra, who never manifested into her dragon form and was treated like she had a contagious disease. By leaving the draki township, Mom is trying to protect Tamra from being trampled on, and also protect Jacinda from becoming a baby factory but Jacinda still maintains, "Mom doesn't even care what she's doing to me" (pg 175). At the height of Jacinda's ire she thinks of herself as "a prisoner of [her] mother's whims" (pg 203). It's no whim. Her mom made a well-informed, thoroughly planned-out decision to remove her daughters from a society that saw one of them as worthless and the other as a community resource. Again, there are many great elements in Firelight. It's a book that most YA readers will embrace, but I had such problems with Jacinda's me-first attitude, I can't see myself picking up the sequel.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
FIRELIGHT, by Sophie Jordan, introduced me to a supernatural creature that I have never read about before, dragons. Or in this case draki. I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover, isn't it gorgeous? The subtle changes in the human form make the cover intriguing and when I heard about it, I just had to read it. I read this book a couple of weeks ago and I have been going back and forth about the review. I wanted to love the book but I couldn't. I did like the book but there were times when I wanted to close it and be done with it. I really liked the creativity Jordan put into her creation of the draki. Since I have never read a dragon book I can't compare it to anything else but I thought the history and way of life was stellar. I wanted Jacinda to let her draki come out more often because I enjoyed experiencing the natural freedom it gave her. I did enjoy the suspense of the story and the cliffhanger ending did leave me wanting more. I did not like how easily the romance blossomed between Jacinda and Will. It seemed to happen too quickly and Jacinda would be hot and cold about the relationship at the drop of a hat. It went back and forth too often and it seemed to me that the relationship was there, just to be there. I don't want to spoil too much, that is why it was tough for me to write the review. I have an idea about why the connection is so strong between these two and it might negate what I just said, but it was not explained in this book so I am actually excited for the next book to answer more questions. Overall, this was a good book. The draki culture really make it stick out to me, but in the relationship department I found myself being taken out of the story too often
acsimps More than 1 year ago
I cant even believe how much I loved this book. I have not had a book keep me up until dawn for a while but this book did it! I just loved it. Everything about it. Sophie Jordan has written a young adult book that is exciting, empowering, and enticing! The reader cant help but fall head over heals for Will (the sexy hunter) and empathize with Jacinda's situation. Jacinda is Draki. She is the descendant of dragons. The Draki can shift between human and dragon form. Her pride has lived in the mountains, hidden by the mist. Jacinda is a fire-breather, the first one in hundreds of years. This makes her a precious commodity to her pride. Property. Jacinda is tired of being told what to do and having her path chosen for her (including her future mate, Cassian). When Jacinda, in an act of rebellion, sneaks out to fly at dawn (they are forbidden to fly unless under the cover of nightfall) and is almost caught by hunters. Her mother forces her to flee the pride with her sister in tow before her punishment can be carried out. Adapting to the human world is difficult for Jacinda, she hates that her her draki spirit is fading. Then she sees a familiar face at school. The hunter who let her go. She knows that he is dangerous but he is the only thing that awakes the draki inside her. But dating a hunter is impossible. How can she ever let down her guard when it could not only cost her her own life but risk the only secret that has protected her kind. This book is so amazing. The whole time Jacinda is torn between giving her mother and sister the normal human life they both crave and refusing to let her inner draki die. I think it is great to read about such a strong character. Jacinda is determined not to lose the only part of her that truly makes her happy. And on a lighter note could Sophie have written Will any hotter? I think NOT! He is probably the best male love interest I have read in a while. Oh and just to give those of you who have not read it yet another teaser. Will has a few secrets of his own.... Read it ASAP I promise you will love it. Warning it is a series so be prepared for a gut wrenching cliffhanger!!
Roxanne Sheffield More than 1 year ago
The book was totally amazing. A definate must read, i couldnt stop. Can not wait for the next book!
BookLoverEW More than 1 year ago
Being a teenager is tough. But for Jacinda, a dragon trapped in a girl's body, it's a nightmare. Even among her own kind - descendants of dragons, or draki as they're now known - Jacinda is special, for she's the first fire-breather in her pride in over four hundred years. Hidden in the misty mountains, safe from hunters, her pride knows her talent is too precious to waste and has plans for her future. and their own. Her mother, aware of the barbaric fate in store for Jacinda, moves the family from the cool, lush mountains to the squelching desert where she thinks they'll be safe. And where she hopes the dangerous part of Jacinda - her draki - will wither and die. Like most kids her age, Jacinda struggles with a new school, new friends and coming to terms with whom she is while surrounded by people trying to make her into who they want her to be. There's only one person she can count on to keep her drake alive, but being with Will brings more than desire for her heart and rejuvenation for her soul. With Will comes danger. danger of falling in love with the one person who could destroy her. Will is from a family of hunters who kill draki for profit. If Jacinda manifests in front of him she'll reveal the draki's most guarded secret. And that could do them all in. NYT Bestselling author Sophie Jordan weaves an impressive paranormal tale. The conflict. The drama. The ENDING!! Her vivid descriptions place you firmly in the midst of Jacinda's world. Readers young and old will feel the delicate gossamer webbing of the dragons' wings and crave the cool mist on their faces. You'll hold your breath when Will is near and savor the memory of your own first kiss. The scene in the stairwell was just... cool. FIRELIGHT grabbed me from the very first chapter. I could not put this book down. And when I reached the end I was screaming for more. Yes. It's that good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 12 would i like this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it.
Lolafalana More than 1 year ago
I've hit a dry-spell in books lately. FIRELIGHT by Sophia Jordan. The title alone is lame. I feel like beating on my chest and going: "Fire pretty. Tree tall. Beer bad." (Sorry, had to give an ode to Buffy!) Short, clipped sentences, repeated phrases, almost no world building, and a romance that makes you scratch your head. And let's not forget the endless back and forth of "he's bad for me, I should forget him" to "I love him" that goes on for 95% of the novel. This equals FIRELIGHT perfectly. How many times can you say "in my core" (something or the other) before it gets old? After the 100th time . . . Trust me, pick up another novel like DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth to read. You'll thank me later.
moviebunny More than 1 year ago
Jacinda lives in a world where the descendants of dragons have evolved the ability to transform into human shape as a protection from the very humans that would hunt them down and kill them. But hunters aren't the only things Jacinda has to worry about. Jacinda is the first fire-breathing Draki in centuries; her pride is not only very proud of her, but very interested in making sure Jacinda has lots of little Draki to carry on the tradition. Jacinda feels trapped the limitations of the pride, the fear of hunters, and she certainly isn't ready to settle down and have kids-She rebels, but when Jacinda is almost caught by hunters, this just makes the pride put more pressure on her. When Jacinda's family flees to try and save her, Jacinda only feels more trapped, trying to fit in at a normal high school, with normal people. And Will, the one guy who could make it all worthwhile for Jacinda, might be the most dangerous guy of all. Firelight was absolutely stunning-From the first page I was breathless. Firelight is such a vivid book-The colors and characters seem to pop right off the page and take you for a ride right along with them. Jacinda and Will were my favorites, but I couldn't help being surprisingly mesmerized by Jacinda's sister Tamra. I kept wanting to love Tamra, and alternately throw things at her (not unlike my own sister). There were just so many good things about this book. And the only bad thing is that we have to wait for the sequel. But I'm not complaining (much)-I'm just so glad that there will be a sequel-These are definitely characters that I can't get enough of!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book trailer for this looked really good, because there really are not many books on dragons out there in YA books...and the first two chapters were promising. They made me want to know more about the draki community. But then, it turned into your typical twilight-angsty book. If you like twilight you will like this book. But i found jacinda annoying and will boring. I feel like the only interesting character was jacinda's twin sister, and i would've liked to know more about her...but she is only a secondary character. I really expected more out of this book.
Ophelia777 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. The worst part about it was the ending, and that was only because i can't wait for the sequal!
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
What would you do if the guy you fell in love with came from a family that wanted to kill you? Sophie Jordan's Firelight explores this concept, bringing a new type of fantasy to the currently packed supernatural star-crossed romance tables. Instead of vampires or werewolves or fallen angels, we're introduced to draki, a being descended from the dragons who is able to take on a human form and live among us undetected. One of the best things about Firelight is the fact that it's the female main character, Jacinda, who is the mythical being. Lately, it's pretty much guaranteed that the supernatural being is male, while the female is mortal. In this case, however, even Will, the guy Jacinda falls in love with, is more than he appears. He comes from a family of hunters intent on killing the draki, though he has more of a conscious and hates what he is. The star-crossed duo find themselves falling in love at first sight once Jacinda moves away from her brethren and enrolls at the local high school. At first, our heroine tries to stay away from Will, knowing who and what he is, but finds the task impossible, especially since being near him means remaining in tune with the draki within. One of the reasons she had to move away was because of an incident that happened that nearly exposed the pride. They have a terrible future in store for her, and to protect her, Jacinda's mother moved everyone into the desert, hoping to kill the draki part of her daughter. I don't want to spoil much about the plot, but I will say that if you pick this up, expect to wait for a sequel. This book isn't a stand-alone, and ends on a note that had me pulling at my hair. Firelight sucked me in right from the start. The imagery and detail is vivid, especially when Jacinda manifests from human to draki. It was also interesting to read about the plight of Jacinda's twin sister, Tamra, who was never able to transform. In this new world of high school, it is she who is special and stands-out, not her sister, the last fire-breather in the pride. If you're sick of supernatural romances with the same over-used plot and cliché characters, Firelight is a refreshing change of pace. It's still full of fantasy, but manages to add a new type of character to the mix. It's a compelling read that will instantly have readers begging for more, and guaranteed to have knock-offs nipping at its heels if it takes off with readers looking for something a little bit different these days.
NatalieCMarkey More than 1 year ago
A supernatural world fighting for survival, a teenage girl fleeing for her freedom and a forbidden romance that can easily rival Bella and Edwards, Firelight has everything to make it the next big young adult addiction. New York Times Bestselling author Sophie Jordan makes her young adult debut with fiery impact in the September release of book one in this riveting series. Welcome to the world of the draki, a world that seventeen-year-old Jacinda both embraces and flies from. Jacinda is special among her people because she's a fire-breather, a dragon trait that was believed to be extinct. Thanks to her gift she is guarded by her people, which for her translates to being smothered and kept from her true desire, flight. Meet Will, a teenage boy, raised by a family of hunters, dragon hunters. What should be the one boy Jacinda should run to the ends of the earth to avoid turns out to be the one that awakes feelings in her that she can't ignore. Feelings that she doesn't want to go away because he makes her feel alive in a world where everyone, including her mother wants her draki side to die and for her to be normal, human. Indulge in the supernatural world vividly painted. Fall in love with characters that are driven by desire but risk being torn apart by the reality of age-old hatred and misunderstandings. Will love be enough to save Jacinda or will what she can't avoid lead her to her greatest fear, a death like her father's, captured in a hunters trap? Don't miss Firelight when it debuts September 7, 2010. It's sure fly off the selves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was suprisingly good. The author created an original plot never even heard of in other books and she presented it well. This author is on the rank to being one of my favorites. She took a cheracter torn from her home and maneges to gracefully collide other charicter into the story all while sticking to the plot. I think the way she introduced Will to Jacinda only makes the story more confusing and suspenceful. Theres just no predicting in this book. One moment you think something will happen and the next... poof. Your completely thrown off leaving you to start over again. I think this is a gerat read. It will keep you on your toes start to finish. One day, even though im still in middle school, i hopemy books turn out as gerat as hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so great! I totally loved! One of the best books ive ever read!
KirstyTheWorsty More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! Sorry, I had to say that first. This book is so creative. It was my first time reading anything about dragons. Every other book has stuff about vampires, werewolves, magic, ect. so it was definitely a new experience for me. I recommend to READ IT! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I though it was really good. i just wish it would have been longer and more developed. i really want there to be a full length version :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EEEE. Loved this book. It was one of those books that kept me up all night long. I loved the complicated romance going on in the book. It made keep reading to figure out what would happen next. Heh, couldn't really help it. I didn't expect it to be that good of a book though when I first looked at it, but you know, never judge a book by its cover. I feel that this is a beautifully written piece. I am hoping for more work like this by Sohpie Jordon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. God!!!! This is the best book Ive read in my enrire life! Its a dream come true for fiction lovers and even those who arnent, like me. With a gripping plot and beautiful characters, i fell in love wth it instantly...... I just couldnt put it down! However, its definetly a love story so if you dont like that then youre probably in the wrong place. But all in all, its a fantastic book that I highly recomend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ILOVE THIS BOOK I READ IN ONE DAY CAUS I COULDNT STOP READIN IT U START READIN TRUST ME U WONT WANT TO STOP. :) :)
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
I love this cover! The fire red hair, eye scales makeup, and slitted pupils make the cover amazing. This book had me hooked by page one. I loved the idea that dragon like Draki could be in human form. What an exciting story idea! The plot was great, the characters likeable. The plot felt like reading a story from Edward's perspective (Twilight). The main character wasn't the innocent human this time but a powerful Draki trying to stay in human form with all her volatile emotions. Intense. The only thing that annoyed me about this book was the insta-love. There was a reason for it, but it still bothered me that their relationship was at a certain level before they decided to spend some time talking. Oh well, it was still enjoyable to read. Firelight was an intense, exciting, and deeply romantic book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Content Ratings: sexual: moderate language: mild violence: mild/moderate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me feel like i was really there with Jacinda. I couldn't put it down. I had to be ripped from my hold on the book to answer someone if they asked me something. From the first sentence in i was taken from ordinary books to this awesome tale of romance. Sophie Jordan really captures what it's like to love somebody when its forbidden, and dangerous, and also what its like to be different from everyone else. I cant wait 2 read the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most favorite books of all time! In this amazingly written book you won't want to stop reading it! Between the action and the romance, it will soon be one of your favorites too. Also, if you have already read this spectacular book, I suggest you read Vanish, the next book in this awesome series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A tale with romance that breaks a well strung heart. Made me cry when the book ended and i got the second book because this is no average novel. It is pure truth